(By Darious Kapembwa in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania)
SIMBA Sports Club, Nkana’s opponents in Sunday’s CAF Champions League first round second leg tie warmed up with a 2-1 domestic league win over newly promoted KMC.
Trailing 2-1 going into Sunday’s match, Simba coach Patrick Aussems rested some key players on Wednesday evening with an eye on the Nkana game.
However, after taking a 2-0 comfortable lead into the second half, Aussems was forced to introduce his reserved stars among them, Zambia’s Clatous Chama, Meddie Kagere and James Kotei when the opponents started to dominate play and pulled a goal back to set up a nervy end to the game.
After the match Aussems said: “I tried to change the team so as to give some of the players chance to play and to rest others in order for them to relax and be in good shape ahead of the Sunday match. Let’s now focus on the Sunday match with the support of all our fans, good job boys.”
Meanwhile, Nkana have had no problems since arrival in Dar-es-Salaam for the crucial game.
Nkana have set base at Gymkana Sports Complex, a serene complex near Southern Sun Hotel where the team is being accommodated.
Coach Beston Chambeshi is happy that his team is still injury free.